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Shall We Dance? -- A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

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Release Date:
11 July 1997 (USA) See more »
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He's an overworked accountant. She's an accomplished dancer. Passion is about to find two unlikely partners.
Plot:
A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
57 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Kôji Yakusho ... Shohei Sugiyama
Tamiyo Kusakari ... Mai Kishikawa

Naoto Takenaka ... Tomio Aoki
Eri Watanabe ... Toyoko Takahashi (as Eriko Watanabe)
Yu Tokui ... Tokichi Hattori
Hiromasa Taguchi ... Masahiro Tanaka
Reiko Kusamura ... Tamako Tamura
Hideko Hara ... Masako Sugiyama
Hiroshi Miyasaka ... Macho
Kunihiko Ida ... Teiji Kaneko
Amie Toujou ... Hisako Honda
Ayano Nakamura ... Chikage Sugiyama
Katsunari Mineno ... Keiri-kachô
Tomiko Ishii ... Haruko Haraguchi
Maki Kawamura ... Eiko Miyoshi
Takako Matsuzaka ... Fusako Fukube
Kôichi Ueda ... Torakichi Kumada
Mari Nishino ... Wakako Takahashi
Shûichirô Moriyama ... Ryo Kishikawa
Kyôko Kagawa ... Keiko Kishikawa
Robert Hoffman ... Tomodachi
Nanea Hoffman ... Tomodachi

Angelique Midthunder ... Dancer (as Angelique Roehm)
Paradise Yamamoto ... Band Leader
Hidekazu Tanaka ... Tokihiko Okada
Yôko Tanaka ... Yoko Kishikawa
Goro Kataoka ... Jo Blues
Ren Ohsugi ... Sugiura - the Floor Manager
Yûdai Ishiyama ... Hama the Jitterbug
Hirotarô Honda ... Farewell Party Host

Masahiro Motoki ... Hiromasa Kimoto

Misa Shimizu ... Natsuko
Akira Emoto ... Toru Miwa
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Kiichiro Kawauchi
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Directed by
Masayuki Suo 
 
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Masayuki Suo 

Produced by
Yoichi Arishige .... associate producer
Kazuhiro Igarashi .... producer
Tetsuya Ikeda .... chief producer
Hiroyuki Kato .... producer
Shôji Masui .... producer
Shigeo Minakami .... assistant producer
Yûji Ogata .... producer
Shigeru Ohno .... producer
Yasuyoshi Tokuma .... executive producer
Yasuharu Urushido .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yoshikazu Suo 
 
Cinematography by
Naoki Kayano 
 
Film Editing by
Jun'ichi Kikuchi 
 
Casting by
Tetsu Maeda 
 
Production Design by
Kyôko Heya 
 
Set Decoration by
Yoshihito Akatsuka 
 
Makeup Department
Mikiko Hayama .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Yoshino Sasaki .... production manager
Masamitsu Washizu .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hideaki Satô .... assistant director
Gen Yamakawa .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Kiyoshi Yoneyama .... sound editor
Kiyoshi Yoneyama .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tatsuya Osada .... lighting director
 
Editorial Department
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... conforming editor
 
Other crew
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to harvey weinstein
Howard Smith .... operator: remote head
Toshihisa Watai .... production coordinator
Toshio Watari .... choreographer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shall we dansu?" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild language
Runtime:
136 min | 119 min (cut version)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title is written in English as "Shall We Dansu" since in its original Japanese release, the first two words actual appear in English with only the last word appearing in katakana (one of three Japanese writing systems). The Japanese word for "dance" is pronounced "dansu".See more »
Quotes:
Mai Kishikawa:This may sound rude, but I hope you don't join the class with me as your goal.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shall We DanceSee more »

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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Definitely a must see..., 18 October 2004
Author: jon_shimamoto from United States

Okay. As you can see this is one of my favorite if not favorite films. This is a character drama which is absolutely hilarious. The main character is a business man who is stuck in a "same thing, different day" mentality. He sees a woman looking melancholy out a window of a dance studio from his train everyday and wonders about her and decides to find out more about her. He decides to join the dance class only to find out she is not the instructor. From there he bonds with four other dancers and learns to enjoy dancing as well as finding out about the mysterious woman.

There is no gratuitous (or any) sex involved, just how a small group of people learn how friendships are formed and developed.

This film was remade with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez and the new one while appealing is nowhere as enjoyable as the original. The movie never made it big in America because it was not eligible for the Oscars since it was broadcast on television in Japan (movies cannot be released on TV or they are disqualified for Oscar nominations). It did win numerous awards in Japan for best film, cast, director etc for their "Oscar" awards.

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